Monday, February 16, 2009

Welcome, Sebastian Hyde!

Those of you who follow me in Twitter and Facebook will know that my thoughts have been on the birth of my son, Sebastian Hyde, and not on open-source BI or streaming SQL as much as usual.

British fathers often celebrate their baby's arrival by "wetting the baby's head" at a local hostelry. Unlike the Christening ceremony that it is patterned after, this involves lots of beer but no baby. My friend Rhys (who, my American readers may like to note, is British but not English) devised a variation of that tradition he called "baby bingo", and we carried out the ceremony at Barclay's pub on Friday.

As my father well knows, beer and commemorative plaques go together. Rhys, Jacq and Sabine just presented us an excellent framed image listing the beers that we consumed in Sebastian's honor. I wonder what Sebastian will make of it when he's older?


Eric McDermid said...

Four perfectly good names, and you only drank to one?

Nigel said...

Hey, cool game! but "Baby Scrabble" might be a better name (and has that Pete Doherty vibe, just what the new father needs).

So now I must retrospectively play the game for my above-average name-length girls Elizabeth and Caroline (and they both have three first names too).

Congratulations, Nigel

Sebastian said...

Congratulations! For the baby and the cool name! I might try this "Baby Scrabble" out for myself even if there are a few days gone since my birth (about 17100 days indeed).
All the best to the lad and his parents!


Roland Bouman said...

Hi Julian!

Congratulations on the birth of you son Sebastian! I wish you, him and you wife all the good luck and health in the world ;)

Enjoy the early weeks of parenthood - they'll be gone before you know it.